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Thea has been a key expert speakers at the Alfred Deakin Institute’s Women’s Leadership Workshops since their inception in early 2016. Thea’s sessions consistently receive outstanding feedback from workshop participants. She exhibits expert knowledge of the subject area and the information she presents on wellbeing and stress management for those in leadership positions is interesting, up-to-date, and evidence-based. Based on my experience of working with Thea, I highly recommend her. 

Dr Rebecca Barlow, Senior Research Fellow. Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation. 


"Thea is one of the most accomplished MCs I have come across.  Being part of the founding team members of the first Startup Grind chapter powered by GoogleAlways in regional Australia, Thea was always well prepared to welcome world calibre speakers on stage. One of her talents is her ability to prime the audience and set the right vibe to make the event a success.I would highly recommend Thea to anyone wanting to engage her services as a MC, as a Coach or as a meeting facilitator. 

Tony Rothacker, Chapter Director, Start Up Grind Coffs Coast and Manager of the Innovation Hub, Coffs Harbour.


"The fabulous feedback received for Thea's presentations reflects her exceptional ability as a presenter and an expert in the area of body image.Thea proved to be a great asset to the Positive Schools conferences. Her presentations provide a wealth of information and ideas and are always delivered in an engaging and compelling way.

Neil Porter, Chair, Positive Schools Initiative, The Positive Schools Conferences & The Positive Times.

“Thea’s presentation was very refreshing – like a sparkling mineral water. Really worthwhile, especially with all the current research highlighted.”

Lawyer, NSW Law Society.


“Upbeat and uplifting, with sounds suggestions for introducing health changes.”

Lawyer, NSW Law Society.


“Fantastic speaker and great motivator.”

Accountant, CPA National Congress attendee, Melbourne.


“Thea O’Connor presented at our Annual Women & Leadership Australia Symposium events in 2014. Thea delivered an interactive and engaging presentation on health, well-being and resilience to an audience of over 250 women. She is a great presenter who grounds her work in evidence and data partnered with practical strategies and tips/suggestions that are easy to put into practice.”

Nell Wilson, General Manager, Women & Leadership Australia


“Thea O’Connor recently gave a presentation to a group of women in our leadership program. Thea is convincing and personable. Her emphasis is not just on making a great impression but on influencing her listeners towards implementing simple positive change in their lives, to this end she includes processes to aid planning and long-term implementation of life changing and lifesaving practices. As an adult educator myself, I was impressed by Thea and intend to invite her to work with this program in the future.”

Andrea Dean, Future Matters, Sydney


“Thea’s presentation, Business and Pleasure DO Mix for our Business Club Breakfast was excellent – lively, witty and informative. Many people have commented on how interesting and entertaining they found it. We learnt that our health routines do not have to be a hard, unenjoyable slog and that injecting some pleasure into our work day will not lower our productivity, in fact the opposite is true! There were some excellent examples given that can be implemented quickly and easily in any workplace. We recommend Thea very highly.”

Jackie Parkinson, Marketing Coordinator, Enterprise & Training Company Limited, Coffs Harbour.


“‘Positive Body Image Boosters for Children – was a big hit at our school! Thea was engaging, real and encouraged sharing of our own life experiences to understand and better equip our children for the future. You know the presentation has hit the mark when the school community is still talking about the topic months later!”

Rachelle Kenny Catholic Schools Parent Assembly Representative, Macksville.


"Thea, your presentation was outstanding as evidence by the audience response. You delivered exactly what we required – serious issues presented in a relaxed, witty, thought provoking and persuasive style. Numerous Conference delegates have expressed that your presentation was the highlight of the conference. Thank you for making the Debate such a success.”

Debbie Simms, Manager, Sports Ethics, Australian Sports Commission.

“Thea, your presentation was funny, educating and so inspiring….you delivered some great information that we can take onboard straight away. So many attending the Tall Poppies 2006 Conference raved about your presentation saying that you have inspired us to be healthy and balanced. The importance of rest and nutrition came through very clearly without us feeling as if this is too hard for us to achieve. Thank you Thea for your great inspiration…”

Trina Schaefer, President, Coffs Coast Business Women’s Network

“I would like to congratulate and highly commend Thea O’Connor for her inspiring, witty, sensitive, engaging and informative presentation at our Forum held at the Royal Women’s Hospital. Thea was able to inject humour, sensitivity and a “real” perspective on body image issues to the 200 strong audience. I highly recommend Thea as a speaker as she is an incredibly professional, knowledgeable and engaging orator.”

Meg Gulbin, Manager, Absolutely Women’s Health, Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne.

“I really thought you were one of the most vibrant and captivating speakers I’ve ever seen. Great work!”
“Excellent speaker – natural and enlightening.”

Network Central Business Women’s Breakfast attendees, Sydney


“The amount of discussion generated as a direct response to your presentation, has been absolutely fantastic. The momentum of the session was driven by your engaging facilitation style with a good dose of humour and passion for health. Our audience was made up of Managers and employees of both sexes who were each were able to take some realistic factors on positive self image and health from your presentation.”

Kathryn Larfield, Credit Management, Australia Post


“The audience response to Thea’s seminars has been excellent. Our staff enjoyed Thea’s style which is relaxed, entertaining, non-preachy and engaging.”

Michael Owens, Manager, Employee Relations, Traffic Accident Commission.


“Whether addressing a forum of 500 people of all ages, conducting workshops with staff or working in a classroom, Thea’s presentations have always been exciting, professional and inspiring. Thea engages with her audience immediately, her style, depth of knowledge and sense of fun create a perfect learning environment.”

Mary Gingold, Beth Rivka Ladies College, Melbourne.


“Your mix of fun, non-threatening audience participation with serious content left attendees inspired with fresh ideas and motivated to put into action practical strategies for taking the hard work out of health and integrating more well-being into their lives.”

Susan Jackson, Executive Director, Women’s Financial Network, Melbourne.


“Thank you for last night’s presentation, Mothers, Daughters and body image. The teachers and mums all raved about it, and the students have talked about it all day.”

Bev Quinn, Welfare Co-ordinator, Terang College, Terang, Victoria

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